Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Holiday Port Wine Cheese Mold with Kaukauna® Cheese

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Are you all ready for your holiday entertaining? 
This is the simply the best time of year for having family and friends in your home!
And with guests comes food!
Today I am going to show you a really easy holiday appetizer recipe using Kaukauna® Cheese that is the perfect for any gathering big or small. 
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When I was in college, I worked at a catering company. It was really a great education in entertaining and also in food prep and recipes that are great for crowds. This recipe is a classic port wine cheese mold that I learned during my time there. It's a crowd pleaser! And the best part is that is SO easy! 

Let's get started!
On your next Kroger trip, swing by the deli and specialty cheese section and pick up some delicious Kaukauna® cheese! Kroger always has a friendly employee that will help you locate it! This sweet lady helped me with my Kaukauna® Cheese selection and also wanted to pose for the picture!
I chose Port Wine Spreadable Cheese Cups for this recipe, but there are a variety of yummy cheese balls and logs too! It's so delicious and now we are going to make it so beautiful!

Here's what you are going to need: 

Holiday Port Wine Cheese Mold

Small (6 inch) Spring Form Pan
1 bunch green onions
3 8oz packages of cream cheese
Kaukauna® Port Wine Spreadable Cheese Cup (6.5 oz). 
4oz Blue Cheese 
1 Jar Hot Pepper Jelly

 For your first step, you will line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, so that the cheese mold doesn't stick to the bottom. Then, spray the entire pan with cooking spray. You can also line it with plastic wrap as another option. 

The first step is combining the blue cheese with one 8 oz package of cream cheese. 

 When that is fully mixed, spread it on the bottom of your pan. 

Next, combine your Kaukauna® Port Wine Spreadable Cheese Cup and 8 oz cream cheese.

Spread that layer on top of the blue cheese layer.

Next, combine sliced green onion and 8 oz cream cheese.

 And spread that on the top of the port wine cheese layer.

 When you have all three layers combined, refrigerate for at least 2 hours to firm up the cheese. Preferably overnight or ready to serve. 
Once the cheese is cold and firm and you are ready to serve, pop the spring form pan open and remove the bottom. This is picture is before I removed the bottom. 

Right before you are ready to serve, spread the top with hot pepper jelly. You can use red or green pepper jelly. Either one is festive! 
I also put some fun glittered star picks in the top of mine!

Serve it with your choice of crackers or toast. I love mine with a very seeded cracker! Just wait until you taste this deliciousness!  Your guests will be begging you for the recipe. 

For an easy and perfect cheese display for your next party, add a Kaukauna Cheese® ball, like this yummy Smoky Bacon cheese ball! 

This recipe is a guaranteed hit for any holiday party!
For more ideas on how to keep your guests happy with Kaukauna® Cheese this season, visit their page!
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Happy Holidays! 

Monday, November 7, 2016

(My Parties} Zoo Themed 1st Birthday

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Who doesn't love a zoo themed party for a 1st birthday theme? It's really a classic!
I had so much fun with this sweet family, making their little guy's 1st birthday party extra special!
And where better to have a zoo party than at the fabulous Memphis Zoo??

The host picked the beautiful Northwest Passage exhibit for their sweet boy's 1st birthday. 
We decided on a color palette of lime green, true orange, and a touch of yellow, mixed with all the fun animal prints. 

I used some simple solid colored linens on bistro tables in the courtyard to welcome the guests as they got off the zoo train. 

My friends at Shindigz helped with so many fun pieces of party decor, but my favorite was this personalized banner for the birthday boy! I surrounded it with animal print and solid colored lanterns. 

Since it was a hot day, as soon as the guests entered the exhibit, they were greeted with a beverage station which we renamed the "watering hole!" 

We added a few guest tables outside the exhibit as well. I created a really fun table runner for each table using animal print gossamer from Shindigz. 

The centerpieces for these tables were simple glass vases filled with animal crackers and banana leaves. 

My favorite part of the party was the fact that there were live animals! Guests were welcomed by a couple of penguins!  I got to pet one. Party planner perks! 

And, a live sea lion show was definitely the highlight!

Inside the Northwest Passage exhibit, we set up all our food stations, as well are a lot more guest seating in our orange and green color palette. 
Above the cake table, I hung a large installation of vines and greenery to make it look more intimate in the large space. 

I love how these tables turned out! How fun is that animal print gossamer?  That's such an easy way to add a fun pop of print for a very small cost!

Around the lower level of the exhibit, I stationed a few bistro tables. 

On the kids table, I picked up these cute grass centerpieces at Home Goods and personalized them by adding leopard crepe paper around the bottom. Then, I scattered some small plastic animals around for the kids. 

The cake table was our party centerpiece! 
I made it look special by adding several grass skirts around the perimeter of the table. 

I wanted to add the birthday boy's name, so I bought some zebra patterned wrapping paper and glued it to the front of these styrofoam letters, spelling out his name. 

This amazing cake by Oh My Ganache was simply amazing! It's just too gorgeous to cut!

I always love serving a zebra cake at my zoo parties, but I also found these zebra brownies! I put them onto sticks and displayed them in these fun rattan baskets. 

We also served some really fun sweets and treats along with our cake. 
Green apple licorice (jungle vine), banana gummies, and mini banana pudding shots were just some of the selection of sweets. 

There was also a large display of savory food and Indian cuisine from A Moveable Feast. 

And how CUTE is this birthday boy? So squeezable!

Outside, we had a photobooth for the guests with a bunch of fun props!

Happy birthday Adi!!!


Location: Memphis Zoo
Party Supplies: Shindigz.com
Printables: DimplePrints